So, does anyone know what, in practical terms, when a live radio show (e.g. 606 or some random music and wittering show) says 'that was an independent production for the BBC by Cokehead Stoat Productions' or similar?
Not surprisingly, it appears (according to the Indy) that the infamous R Brand show was done by his 'production company', but the producer appears to have been some 25 year old who had been hanging round the BBC for 18 months, and that Brand basically got producers fired if they said no to him. But if it is an independent company why is the BBC providing a producer, which seems implicit in the 'had them fired' rather than 'fired them'? Of course this is the Indy reporting Paul Gabaccinni so may not be true.
There are still some aspects of the narrative that do not make sense. It is still not clear to me if they really left an answerphone message rather than make a recording of his outgoing message and pretended to leave a message (yes, Virginia, most of this stuff is made up).